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ClubTest 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods
Michael Chini
Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $300
WE TESTED:
3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics Black Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics White Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics Red Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) with Fujikura Fuel, and Fujikura Fuel Tour graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Sole weight pads maximize stability and raise the CG for added workability. The Beta titanium face cup boosts ball speeds, while the deep-face design produces a low, penetrating flight.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
A penetrating, medium-height ball flight is good in the wind and great for controlled swings; adequate workability in either direction; does a decent job getting the ball out of rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It won’t salvage the worst swings but helps a lot on slight misses; very accurate on well-struck hits; thin contact produces shots that stay in the air long enough to get near the target.
DISTANCE: Sizzling ball flight produces some bombs; on the long side—the 4-wood (16.5°) is about the same as some guys’ normal 3-wood; more than enough distance to get the job done.
FEEL: Testers can tell where on the face they hit it and where it’s going; firm titanium crack sounds powerful; shoots through the hitting zone and stays stable.
LOOK: Sleek, pear-shaped profile and matte finish; midsize clubhead with a classic look inspires confidence and an aggressive swing.

CONS
Tends to produce a lower trajectory than some guys prefer; not as forgiving as a few other models; the nonadjustable head isn’t a standout in any one category.

BOTTOM LINE: A hot face and boring trajectory combine to provide healthy distance and a solid all-around performance.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Fairway Wood reviews

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